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Nokia 800 Battery Fix Finally Arrives

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Nokia has finally released the long-awaited software update for its Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone that fixes its battery life issues.

When first released the Lumia 800 suffered from a sporadic battery life, which more often than not erred on the side of being well below the smartphone par. The new update, according to a Nokia employee, ups this to a much more acceptable 25-30 hours with active use - still not record setting but enough for regular use. Indeed, Dinesh - writing on the Nokia Conversations blog - claims it's now among the best battery life of any phone featuring a 1450mAh battery.

Nokia Lumia 800

As well as upping battery life the new update tweaks the speaker levels to provide more bass, giving speaker calls and music a bit more oomph. A more minor addition is a tweaking of the illumination setting of the soft keys, whereby they now stay on at all brightness settings. Wi-Fi tethering, however, is still missing, though Nokia promises that it's "on its way".

The new release (version 1600.2487.8107.12070) is rolling out globally from today until April 18. To check whether your region yet has the update available you can check on the Nokia site.

Are you a Lumia 800 owner excited by this news or have you already given up and ditched the handset? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Nokia Conversations

ElectricSheep

March 29, 2012, 8:43 pm

WAY too little, WAY too late. I have never owned a more unreliable smart phone. This is the second time Nokia would have released this battery 'fix' after they swore blind the last 'fix' sorted everything. I was also left feeling nonplussed about the enthusiasm for WM7.5. I found it to be so remedial in function with bland aesthetics and GUI...but better than expected!

I won't say never again to a WM Phone. But it won't be for a very long time, until they have a proven track record in performance, stability, battery life, apps, camera quality etc...no more early adoption for me! Can't see anything replacing my SGS2 for a while - although that Nokia 808 is almost a slam-dunk for me, really looking forward to having a play with that camera :)

Foz68

March 29, 2012, 11:56 pm

If this update does 'Significantly improve battery life' (as Nokia describes) I will be very satisfied.

I really enjoy using the Lumina and to date have lived with the average battery life, which normally lasts me a day of average use.

Yep it has its quirks (back button logic, poor white balance) but I find the build and style of the phone to be superb and Windows to be slick and pleasantly different to iOS & Android.

Yes there aren't as many apps, but the Nokia's apps are great and to date I've found all the apps that I need.

Here's one person with his fingers crossed.

Luan Bach

March 30, 2012, 2:05 pm

The updates in the last couple of weeks has made the Lumia 800 much more appealing. I don't have to plug mine in twice a day or having turn off data and GPS to save on battery life any more. The updates to Nokia Maps and Drive are nice. The new Creative Studio and Nokia Transport apps are good.

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